Illinois' mediation service is administered and supervised by the Illinois State Board of Education and is provided at no cost to the parties. Mediation can be requested by both parties without filing for due process hearing or can be requested after a due process request has been filed. Mediation is:
- Designed as a means of resolving disagreements regarding special education services, placement and related services to children enrolled in Illinois public schools; and
- Provided when both parties in a dispute voluntarily agree to participate in the mediation process.
In mediation, neither party is asked to abandon basic beliefs about the student's ability but rather the parties are asked to consider alternatives which could be incorporated into the student's program, to be aware of the concerns and problems expressed by the other party, and to be realistic about both the student's capabilities and the local district's obligations and resources.